ITINERARY A2 - 5 Days (Friday - Tuesday)
Friday: San Critobal Airport - Lobos island(PM)
This morning our Guide will be waiting for you at 10:00 am at San Cristobal Airport in order to welcome you and take to the yacht . On your arrival you must pay USD 100 for entry to Galapagos National Park.
We are going to start journeying across the Lobos Island. It is a small flat island, located 10 kilometers northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The name is given because it is home to several sea lions that frolic on the beach and his fur brown highlights on the white sand. He is also the ideal place to watch nesting frigates and blue-footed boobies. It has a protected channel where you can go snorkeling with sea lions.
Meals included: Lunch - Dinner
Saturday: Santa Fe (AM) / Carrion Point (PM)
This day we will start our visits with Santa Fe that is one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the archipelago, and some of the best snorkeling places for swimming with sea lions and for a glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark and a sea turtle. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus. Other animals present are the Galapagos Hawk, owls, Frigates, Pelicans, Manta Rays and mockingbirds.
In the afternoon, after lunch, a short boat ride us to Carrion Point offers the opportunity for easy snorkeling to see a variety of fish, rays and possibly the harmless white tip reef sharks and swimming around a shallow and protected cove.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch – Dinner
Sunday: North Seymour (AM) / Black Turtle Cove (PM)
We will start this day with North Seymour that is a small island near to Baltra. It was formed by uplift of a submarine lava formation. The whole island is covered with low, bushy vegetation. It is home to a large population of blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. It hosts one of the largest populations of frigatebirds. The island has a flat profile with cliffs only a few meters from the shoreline, where swallowtail gulls and tropicbirds sit perched in ledges. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for rain to bring them into bloom. The island is teeming with life. Flocks of pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls feed off shore, and seasonally, Nazca boobies can also be seen.
After lunch we will visit Black Turtle Cove that is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This place is a nursery for many sharks and rays. It is also a great location to observe mating sea turtles, the site takes its name for the black sea turtles that mate in these calm waters. There are large groups of resting white-tip reef sharks, schools of golden rays and spotted eagle rays, and a few juvenile scalloped hammerhead sharks and black-tip sharks.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Monday: Cerro Dragón (AM) / Ballena Bay - Edén Island (PM)
In this day we will visit Cerro Dragón. It is one of the best places in the islands to see the land iguanas and several species of birds. These miniature dragons roam around the sun-scorched, boulder-strewn island, nipping away contentedly at the fruits and flowers of their favorite food, the Opuntia Cacti. The site consists of a trail in a sort of lasso shape, a trail leads inland to the hill, up and around the hill, and then back out to the beach. The path is one of the longer ones in Galapagos Islands where passengers will have a great view. In the trail you can see Palo Santo trees and cacti forest. Also there is a saltwater lagoon where lucky visitors may see Pintail Ducks or Flamingos.
In the afternoon we will visit Ballena Bay that is located in the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. In this place you can enjoy a beach that contains a large amount of olivine crystals, which are originating from volcanic materials. Near to the beach there are traces of pottery, it is reflects the ancient human settlements. In this place there is a path that allows the ascent to the top, where you can see a spectacular landscape of the islets and islands located to the west. Here we will see the Galápagos Hawk and giant tortoises.
The Eden Islet is a complementary site located to 1.47 m to the north, which is accessible by kayak or panga ride.
Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Tuesday: Charles Darwin Research Station - Baltra Airport (AM)
In this day we will visit Charles Darwin Research Station that is located just outside of Puerto Ayora on the Santa Cruz Island. It is the working Galapagos based branch of the international, non-profit Charles Darwin Foundation. The Station works closely with the Galapagos National Park Service protecting the Marine Reserve. All visitors learn about natural history, issues concerning the islands, and see the tortoise breeding and some land iguanas.
The Darwin Station primarily a scientific operation to better protect and maintain this precious area. The information is also published in scientific journals, reports, and interpretive displays for visitors and becomes part of the environmental education process. The site also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands.
Finally our Guide takes passengers to Baltra Airport in order to take their flight back.
Meals included: Breakfast